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The right-wing history of the urban models which inspired SimCity
Largely forgotten now, Jay Forrester’s Urban Dynamics put forth the controversial claim that the overwhelming majority of American urban policy was not only misguided but that these policies aggravated the very problems that they were intended to solve. In place of Great Society-style welfare programs, Forrester argued that cities should take a less interventionist approach to the problems of urban poverty and blight, and instead encourage revitalization indirectly through incentives for businesses and for the professional class. Forrester’s message proved popular among conservative and libertarian writers, Nixon Administration officials, and other critics of the Great Society for its hands-off approach to urban policy. This outlook, supposedly backed up by computer models, remains highly influential among establishment pundits and policymakers today.
simulation  cities  society  politics  history  simcity  games  jay-forrester  will-wright  sociology 
23 days ago by jm
Working Time, Knowledge Work and Post-Industrial Society: Unpredictable Work - Aileen O'Carroll
my friend Aileen has written a book -- looks interesting:

I will argue that a key feature of working time within high-tech industries is unpredictability, which alters the way time is experienced and perceived. It affects all aspects of time, from working hours to work organisation, to career, to the distinction between work and life. Although many desire variety in work and the ability to control working hours, unpredictability causes dissatisfaction.


On Amazon.co.uk at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Working-Time-Knowledge-Post-Industrial-Society-ebook/dp/B00VILIN4U
books  reading  time  work  society  tech  working-hours  job  life  sociology 
april 2015 by jm
Dunbar's number
interesting anthropological stat - "the cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships" = 150. "a direct function of relative neocortex size", "in turn limits group size." See also Kaa's law
dunbars-number  society  social-networks  groups  scaling  sociology  anthropology  robin-dunbar  relationships  primates 
march 2007 by jm
Dunbar's number
interesting anthropological stat - "the cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships" = 150. "a direct function of relative neocortex size", "in turn limits group size." See also Kaa's law
dunbars-number  society  social-networks  groups  scaling  sociology  anthropology  robin-dunbar  relationships  primates 
march 2007 by jm

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